OpenStack Summit is in that sweet spot where the marketers have just started paying attention. Meaning: The commercial aspect hasn’t come to dominate the show. It still gathers key users and developers — but there’s enough budget to keep the coffee and beer flowing.
Moreover, the show is at a size where it still visits cities that are off the beaten path. Sure, San Francisco is nice, and Las Vegas is… well, San Francisco is nice. But it’s fun to visit cities such as Vancouver, where the Summit was held last summer, or Austin, Texas, where we were last week.
Barbeque, beer, and longhorns were all persistent themes at last week’s OpenStack Summit, as you’ll see in the photos below. I didn’t get a picture of the estimated 1.5 million bats spewing out from the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge (daytime photo above), but you’ll get to see the expo floor and the party that took over Rainey Street.